Photography: man and nature

Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. Here some samples:

None of the images have been digitally collaged or superimposed. They record what the artist himself saw through the lens of his camera. While Colbert uses both still and movie cameras, the images are not stills from the film. The animal subjects of the photographs and films include interactions with both wild animals and also those that have been habituated to human contact.

With profound patience and an unswerving commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary interactions between humans and animals.

The Ashes and Snow exhibition includes more than 50 large-scale photographic artworks, a one-hour film, and two short film "haikus".

Colbert's elephant pictures makes me think of Richard Avedon's famous fashion photographs (below). But here the animals are just a backdrop: well trained circus animals with no real interaction with the posing human being in front of them... Still, I love Avedon's photographs. I have one of them as a screensaver on my Mac, and never seem to get tired of it.

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